Monday, April 28, 2014

Magnolia Gods Book Review

I have a really good mystery/romance book to share with you called Magnolia Gods written by Thomas Hollyday.
River Sunday Romance Mysteries, series, Book 2:  On July 4, 1946, Navy Captain Edward Lawson attempted to fly an experimental seaplane into the hands of the Soviet Union. The top-secret plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean before he could succeed with his traitorous action. His body, and the wreck of the plane, were lost at sea.

Mike Howard runs a small aviation museum, and, several decades later, his war-hero family still feels the sting of Lawson's unpatriotic actions. When Mike is pressured by Lawson's grandson, Jesse, to mount a search for the traitor's corpse, his first instinct is to vehemently refuse. However, his scholarly instincts quickly get drawn into the hunt, and he soon realizes that there is much more to the story. As Mike's corporate sponsors passionately lobby for him to stop stirring up old issues, it is made clear to him just how tangled the web of espionage has become.

Soon bodies are dropping like flies and Mike is forced on the run. He desperately unravels the threads of deceit, scrambling for the truth before his own life - and the lives of those he loves - are brutally added to the list of sacrificed men of conscience.
This is a really good mystery with a dash of romance thrown in! This is the same author who wrote China Jewel and it was also sent in River Sunday, although the characters are totally different and this has nothing to do with a sailing boat. This is about a seaplane that disappeared right after WWII and right from the start, I figured that this poor doctor had been falsely accused of being a traitor.

Mike is hired to figure out what happened and even though there is some killing in the book, it does not describe them or really give any bad descriptions. It's just part of the story and then it moves on. So, you won't have to worry about anything gory or upsetting. It's what I call a soft mystery and it can't be all bad if there is romance thrown in also!

You will be cheering the heroes on in this one and hoping that something good comes out of all this chaos. I really got into this book a lot more than I did China Jewel, even though I like it also, this one really stepped up a notch and was really in the zone of what I call a great mystery!

Happy Reading!

About the Author: 
Thomas Hollyday (1942-present) was born in Easton, Maryland. His father was an acclaimed photographer and his mother a brilliant teacher.His father's family were active in the history of Maryland since its settlement while his mother's family were prominent in Democratic Party politics.
His grandmother's family descended from a well known German industrial family of Baltimore. He grew up in the southern atmosphere of the Eastern Shore with its maritime and military heritage. He studied writing with Elliott Coleman at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and with C.Michael Curtis of the Atlantic Monthly.
He served with distinction in Vietnam and became a successful international businessman. He also drew illustrations for national magazines and published maritime and Civil War history. He currently edits the Wet Their Whistles newsletter for animal water rights ( He draws the popular humorous Animal Viewpoint Cartoons for newspapers. He continues to please his fans with new novels in his River Sunday Romance Mysteries collection.
I thought this book was so good that I wanted one of you to be able to enjoy it also. If you like soft mysteries with a touch of romance, then this will be the book for you. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!


Anita Yancey said...

I like the more hard core mysteries or thrillers the best. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Gala said...

I prefer soft mystery